National Days of Prayer and Thanksgiving on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2012 will open Dominica’s 2012 Independence celebrations, Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence announced on Wednesday.
The celebrations, which mark Dominica’s 34th anniversary of political independence, are to be held from September 22 to November 5 under the theme “Partnering for Further Progress and Development.”
Lawrence said the reason for having the National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving on two days is to accommodate persons who observe the Sabbath on Saturday and those who celebrate it on Sunday.
This year’s celebrations will include traditional and new activities such as the National Wob Dwwiyet Pageant and the newly introduced Quadrille Festival.
An official opening ceremony is carded for September 29 at the Old Mill Cultural Centre, which will be followed by Cultural Semi Finals for the North and South Eastern Districts on September 30 at Cabrits and Boetica.
Athletics Preliminaries, which make up part of the independence celebrations, are set for 1st October to 4th October. An E.O Leblanc Memorial Lecture will be held at the UWI Open Campus on October 4, 2012.
Cultural Semi-finals are carded for the weekend of the October 6-7 at various places around the island including Woodfordhill and Mat Tutu’s park in Grandbay.
A “Dominica History Week” is slated for Monday 8– Friday 12 October under the theme “Dominica’s Heritage Sites”. A lecture on Dominica’s Heritage Sites on October 9 and the first ever Quadrille Festival on 10th October will make up part of the celebrations for the week.
A Sugar Creole Basketball fest from October 12-14 at the Lindo Park is another new addition to the independence celebrations.
Cultural Finals will take place on October 12, 13 and 14 respectively. The National Art & Craft Exhibition dubbed “Our Creole Expressions” is scheduled for 16th October, 2012. In the meantime, Secondary Schools Independence Athletics Finals at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium is expected to take place on October 17 and , 2012.
Market Day with a difference will be on the 20th October for vendors of the Portsmouth and Marigot markets while vendors of the Roseau market will celebrate the day on October 27. The popular Ti Matador show at Krazy Kokonutz is also slated for the October 20 while Heritage day will be held in the community of Warner on October 21.
LIME Creole in the Park is slated for the 22nd-25th October, 2012 and a Native Expo at the Botanical Gardens will run from October 23-25. Primary Schools Independence Athletics Finals is slated for October 24.
The National Wob Dwiyet pageant will take place at the Old Mill Cultural Centre on Thursday October 25. Creole Day will follow on October 26 and a Creole Dress Parade will take place as part of the activities for that day. The World Creole Music Festival will run from the 26th to 28th October, 2012 and Kweyol Bod La Me is scheduled for the 28th.
Pan By the Bay activities are scheduled for Tuesday 30th and Flag Day will follow on the October 31.
The National Youth Rally is slated for Friday, November 2 while the National Day Parade will take place on November 3 followed by the National Cultural Gala later that day.
Eat Fish Day at Bioche and Creole in the North is slated for November 4. National Day of Community Service on November 5 will bring the curtains down on the 2012 Independence celebrations.
Dominica gained independence from Britain on November 3, 1978.